Aintree nap April 9: Longhouse Poet to be Grand National hero

Who remembers Numbersixvalverde? Okay, so not many of you but he won the 2006 Grand National for trainer Martin Brassil. He could repeat the feat on Saturday April 9 with Longhouse Poet.

He is one of the Irish runners who runs off a different mark to he would do at home and in his case, it's from 1lb higher around Aintree. Okay, so we've got the negatives out of the way.

Otherwise, he has a good profile for the world's greatest steeplechase. He stays well and won one of Ireland's main Grand National trials, the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January.

His recent wins have been on testing ground but a glance at his CV shows that he has won on good to yielding and Saturday's Grand National course will be roughly similar underhoof. If it rains more then that is, of course, fine.

His jumping is usually very good, another plus and at eight, we surely haven't seen the best of him yet. We can put a line through his latest run, over hurdles, which looked like it was a case of keeping him ticking for this day and that could pay dividends.

So, at 16/1 at the time of writing, have a few quid each-way on Longhouse Poet for the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. Good luck!

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